I am a fiber artist and teacher. I love moderate action, plot twists, diverse characters and much romance.
I enjoyed this because it was set in Cinque Terre and the Edinburgh Fringe Festival (both of which I have been lucky enough to visit), Portland (near where I live), Sand Point (friend from there), Seattle (sister lives there) and Hollywood (whatever).
I truly liked one of the characters and the others were fairly interesting. The narration was great at first, but after awhile his speech patterns became a little too predictable to my ear. I think if you were really into movies this might be more interesting. Maybe it just tried to cover too much ground for me, though I did enjoy the historical flashbacks interspersed throughout.
I was expecting a great book just based on reviews and that is not what I got. The narration was fine, but the story was awful. It jumps back and forth in time telling stories and it just doesn't work. I stuck with it and made it about 75% of the book. I just kept waiting for it to get better. I finally gave up and didn't finish it.
This book was a great listen. It is rich with well developed characters, nostalgia, excitement and clever twists. Beautiful ruins is a wonderful story reinforcing the idea of living every moment in the present. For days I've been quoting the characters and their wisdom. Very enjoyable and sad to see it finished.
Yes. First the story is so finely woven that surely I have missed important details. Second, the narrator really does an incredible job. His voice did not distract me from the story but brought me in.
I don't know but I did love it as much as The Help
I am almost finished and I don't want it to end.
workingmomof2. Lots of driving time = many Audio books
Could be a movie, about the movies and the train wrecks the whole business leaves in its wake. The characters are full of spicey differences and the name dropping references are fun for those of us who even know who they are anymore. The visuals of the Italian seaside villages are dreamy and the narration is perfect in every way. A Medateranian vacation. Make it a film, I will go. Its just a zen kind of story, drink tea, relax and listen.
I enjoyed this audio book from its inception and until the very end, which I felt was beautifully accomplished. The novel plays back and forth over time and two continents as we meet the believable characters involved in this somewhat involved story of love, failure, success, life and its choices and ultimately making the right choices. I cannot recommend it enough and will look for other work by the author and the narrator as well.
I rarely take time to write reviews but this book was so well written and so entertaining that I had to. I enjoyed this audiobook more than any other audiobook I've listened to. The story was captivating. The characters were compelling and the narrator did an absolutely amazing job with his performance. I could listen to his voice all day long!
No one else. Mr. Ballerini did all he could to handle this exhaustive narrative
The best thing I can say about this audio book is that the narrator was phenomenal! I loved the concept of the story and the characters, however, I felt that the profanity and crassness took away from the potential beauty of the novel. Yes, that made it more realistic when portraying the characters, but I think that there are ways to do that without cheapening the literary quality with cussing and crudeness. I also found much of the character development to be long and drawn out with insignificant details to the point that I would get bored waiting until it got to the meat of the story.
Everything...from the beginning to the end. Each character was so immaculately sculptured. Listened twice and both times it took my breath away. My favorite line..."what took you so long?" and the response.
Jess Walter left no detail unanswered. All loose ends were tied together.
All of them. I will search for Mr. Ballerini's other works. His characters were amazing
This was an emotional journey i gladly took again.